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that. >> i can't imagine running. run down. that's bad on your quads. >> or do that on stilts. >> now that's impressive. >> don't fall. >> stay with us, the evening news with katie couric is next. th f soaring gas prices spreads through the economy threatening to put the brakes on the recovery. i'm katie couric. also tonight the hunt for a suspected serial killer. police on long island find two more sets of remains not far from where eight other bodies were recovered. target blue. a sharp increase in the number of police killed in the line of duty. and steve hartman's assignment america. they started out at the very bottom but now they're riding high. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric.
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>> couric: good evening, everyone. some of the busiest people in america are the folks who put out the prices at gas stations across the country. prices are changing every day in one direction: up. the national average for regular reached $3.79 a gallon today. since the trouble erupted in libya eight weeks ago gas is up 65 cents, following the lead of oil, up more than $25 a barrel. and the gas average is $3.77 in new york. atlanta $3.63. chicago, $4.10 and los angeles $4.19. we have reports from all four cities tonight. first anthony mason here in new york. anthony, i know these soaring prices are sending real shock waves through the economy. >> katie, with oil already up 20% this year, economists are asking how long before it puts the brakes on the recovery. looking for the cheapest gas in the country? you'll have to drive all the way to wyoming, the only state where gas still averages under $3.50 a gallon.
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the national average, now $3.79, is just $32 cents shy of the all-time high set in july of 2008. prices driven up by the global economic recovery, record speculation, and unrest in the middle east. >> the libya hit is big. >> reporter: john kingston says supplies have been strained by the civil war in libya. >> you lost 1.3 million barrels a day. you have to account for that somewhere. >> reporter: as oil has climbed back to $110 a barrel, it poses a growing threat to the economy. gas prices could take some of the momentum out of this recovery. >> absolutely. economists have already marked down some of their growth forecasts for the first quarter for consumer spending. >> reporter: this economist says gas and food inflation are eroding americans' paychecks. >> if we had... they not only decline month to month in march but they're declining on a year over year basis.
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>> reporter: the american consumer drives two-thirds of the economy. so far spending at retail stores is holding up. it rose more than 2% in march. but spending on gasoline has been falling, down 3.6% in the past week. its fifth straight weekly decline. this is a reaction to the price. >> i think this is a reaction to the price. >> reporter: and a team of cbs news correspondents found other parts of the economy feeling the impact. >> i'm dean reynolds in chicago where rising gas prices are being felt in the grocery store. >> food prices are getting totally out of line. >> reporter: projected to rise 3%-4%, this year higher fuel prices are driving up the cost of food production. >> when we put our tractors in the field there's over 500 gallons a day we're using of diesel. with that price increase. >> reporter: farmer alan kemper is spending $1.46 more per gallon for diesel or $50,000 more to fuel his tractors than a year ago.
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oil-based fertilizer, herbicides and seeds will add to that total. the prices are up here and on the farm too. >> i'm bill whitaker in burbank california where florist kimberly williams says rising gas prices are cutting into her pockets. she has eight employees making arrangements, running up to 40 deliveries a day. now with her fuel bill up as much as $400 a month, she's having to find ways to trim expenses. turning down the lights, cutting over time, consolidating deliveries. >> if it's a late delivery i'll run it in my own car on the way home to save a little time and money on that end. >> reporter: she's hoping it's all enough to keep her business growing. >> reporter: i'm mark strassmann in atlanta. and here rising gas prices have sliced away one third of the usual lunch push. instead of 80 lunch plates nancy's now serves 50, a loss of $300 a day, $150 a week. >> six months ago our dining room would be full right now. >> reporter: caesar davis lurched here for the first time
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in three months. he used to stop in every other week. >> you have to pack a lunch because that is expensive to have those types of gas prices. >> reporter: atlanta's gas prices have surged 95 cents per gallon in six months. >> reporter: today the international monetary fund hiked its forecast for oil prices by 20% to an average of $107 a barrel this year and $108 next. but said it should have only a mild effect on the global economy. >> couric: anthony, why are prices rising so much when there's enough supply to meet demand. >> it's true, katie. first of all we have a 24-day supply of gasoline in this country right now which is exactly what we had last year but increasingly oil has become an investment. and the uncertainty in the market has brought in a record amount of speculative investment, even more than in 2008, the last high. there's a lot of debate about this. but some traders and analysts believe that as much as $20 of the $110 barrel price of oil now is due to that speculation. >> couric: all right.
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anthony mason, thank you. now to money matters of a different kind. as you know, democrats and republicans in congress reached agreement late friday night on $38 billion in budget cuts. averting a partial government shutdown. but so far they're not exactly saying where those cuts will come. so congressional correspondent nancy cordes did some digging. >> reporter: the negotiators targeted spending they considered wasteful first. including $3 billion in earmarked transportation projects, billions more in defense spending deemed unnecessary by the pentagon and $35 million in insurance subsidies for successful farmers. but the cuts also come at the expense of democratic priorities. $1.5 billion from the president's new $8 billion high speed rail initiative. several billion more from projects at the departments of education, labor and health and human services. today democratic lawmakers from new york vowed to vote against the deal. >> there was no shutdown, but
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there were a lot of sell-outs. >> i would not have made these cuts under better circumstances. >> reporter: that was the president late friday night. by the weekend he was trying to put the best face possible on the agreement with a victory lap of sorts at the lincoln memorial. >> because congress was able to settle its differences, that's why this place is open today. >> reporter: among the programs that were spared from cuts? head start pre-school. planned parenthood. race to the top education grants. public broadcasting. and funding for biomedical research. but house speaker john boehner told an audience in connecticut, this is just the beginning. he'll extract more cuts in exchange for republican votes to raise the debt limit next month. >> you know, taking money away from politicians to spend is like taking cocaine away from cocaine addicts, all right. >> reporter: we're learning tonight that many of the cuts in this budget deal were to programs that had unspent funds or that the president had intended to scale back anyway.
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katie. >> couric: nancy cordes, thanks very much. and one more political note. mitt romney took a big step today toward making a second run for the republican presidential nomination announcing he's forming an exploratory committee. tim pawlenty did the same three weeks ago. this allows them to raise money and hire staff before they formally declare they're in the race. in other news the search for a suspected serial killer or perhaps killers. since december police on long island have been finding bodies in secluded areas near the island's popular ocean beaches. as seth doane reports, two more were found today. >> reporter: using chainsaws to cut through thick brush, investigators discovered more bones in two separate locations today. just several miles from where eight other decomposed bodies were found. >> a state trooper using a cadaver dog did locate some bones. >> reporter: law enforcement officials tell cbs news what may be a human skull was discovered among the remains.
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these could be the ninth and 10th victims of a serial killer. back in december, the first four victims were uncovered in these brambles. each of them white women in their 20s who had advertised escort services on craigslist and had been missing as far back as 2007. then four more bodies were found in the last two weeks. reportedly one may be a toddler. police are also looking into the possibility that this case may be connected to a 2006 atlantic city case where the bodies were four known prostitutes were also found on the beach. wally zeins is a former nypd detective. >> serial killers like to taunt. they like to look at the media. they like to see how is their case going? this is a psychological gratification that they receive. >> reporter: this killer may have taunted the sister of one of his victims calling her from the dead woman's cell phone, from crowded places like pen station and times square. a male voice on the line saying, do you know what your sister is doing?
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she's a whore. he kept the call short to make it difficult to trace. leading investigators to question whether the killer is familiar with law enforcement procedures. so far police deny they have a suspect. katie. >> couric: seth doane, thanks very much. overseas mediators from the african union thought they had worked out a libyan cease-fire but it was dead even before they got to benghazi today to talk about it with rebel leaders. the peace delegation was met by thousands of protestors. the rebels made it clear no deal until qaddafi and his family leave. his artillery continued to pound rebel-held misrata. six people were reportedly killed there today. in france, the police have begun enforcing a ban on bails that cover a woman's face including burquas. two muslim women were arrested as they participated in a small protest in paris. nicolas sarkozy says the burqua goes against the french principle of equality. those who violate a law face a
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$215 fine. still ahead here on the "cbs evening news," a very unlikely team of polo players in steve hartman's assignment america. but up next killed in the line of duty. the deadliest year in a decade for police officers. today we're going to surprise people with the taste of activia. mmm. this is really good. great flavor. it's really creamy. it's really tasty. oh, wow! jamie lee curtis! it's activia! it's really yummy. it's delicious. taste it, love it, or it's free. ♪ activia
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honored two of its agents killed on this day, 25 years ago. special agents jerry dove and benjamin grogan died in a shootout with a pair of bank robbers, a reminder of the dangers the men and women of law enforcement face every day. bob orr reports this is already a very deadly year for those who protect and serve. >> reporter: the police killings began january 1. >> a trailer with a male with a shut gun in it. >> reporter: the fatal shooting of a deputy in ohio. and the violence has continued. so far this year 26 officers have been gunned down. 44% more than the 18 shot and killed at this point in 2010. many of the fallen have been ambushed by violent career criminals with easy access to high-powered weapons. >> the officers are responding on what are called, yeah, routine calls or a crime call and are being shot and killed before they even get to the location. >> reporter: st. petersburg
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florida had not lost an officer in a shooting for 30 years until january 24. >> reporter: that day police cornered a fugitive in the attic of his home. the chief says when officers tried to handcuff the suspect he began shooting. >> he hid a gun in the attic. he pulled the gun out and shot the officer at pointblank range. >> reporter: with the officer dying in the attic police attempted a rescue. the gunman opened up with a fury of fire. >> two officers down. >> reporter: baitinger wearing a bullet proof vest was killed by a shot from above. over seven hours nearly 300 shots were exchanged. police fired 100 canisters of tear gas and used a bulldozer to knock a hole in the house to get to the shooter. with two officers and the gunman dead, the mayor then ordered the house torn down. a state attorney's investigation found police here in st. petersburg did nothing wrong
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that day. they followed good police procedure. but they were caught in a trap set by a desperate fugitive. incredibly just one month later st. pete police suffered another loss when officer dave crawford tried to question a 16-year-old about a possible car theft, crawford was killed by four shots to the chest. three officers killed in 28 days. >> as a chief like i said you wonder if it's somehow your fault. >> reporter: now the chief is left with unanswerable questions and worries. >> none of us know when the next one is coming. none of us know why it's spiking. >> reporter: more powerful guns, hardened criminals, desperate economic times-- all may play some role. >> get on the ground. >> reporter: crime analysts see no common thread to explain the deadly assault on police. but with officer deaths climbing at an alarming rate, no call is routine. bob orr, cbs news, st. petersburg, florida. >> couric: in other news after
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>> couric: some severe weather is hitting the nation's mid section. a line of thunderstorms is moving across the lower mississippi valley. over the weekend dozens of tornadoes were reported in the midwest. one destroyed 100 homes in mapleton, iowa. 14 people were hurt and heavy rain led to major flooding in north dakota. it was one month ago today that that earthquake and tsunami struck japan. memorial ceremonies were followed by another strong aftershock that left one person dead. also today the evacuation zone around that crippled nuclear plant was expanded to include four towns some 30 miles away. meanwhile in a town leveled by the tsunami time was spent with volunteers spent searching for pieces of the past. >> reporter: at first it looks like rubble. then the eye adjusts to what's left by the tsunami. a child's toy, a single shoe,
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purses, and backpacks. these are the remains of the village of miniami-sanriku after it was leveled by a wall of water. out of a population of 17,000, over 10,000 are dead or missing. now 71-year-old, part of a small group of volunteers, who call themselves the memory hunters. they dig through mud and pry apart wreckage, searching for irreplaceable treasures. >> ( translated ): this could be the only photo left in the world for the survivor. the only graduation diploma. >> reporter: each member of the team works alone and in silence in picking through the wreckage. they're working against the clock to find these valuables before they're cleared away for good. but first things first. if there is a tsunami, let's run up to that tree said the team leader. the most valuable finds are
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photos. they're also the hardest on the volunteers. >> ( translated ): i never think that the people in the photos might be dead. i must believe that they are still alive. and i promise to deliver the photos back to them. >> reporter: for now each item is carefully cleaned and hung to dry. they're stored away in hopes of a future reunion with the survivor. >> tom: i live for 27 years. if i don't have anything which carries my memories it's way too fast. i'm hoping at least one item of mine will get back to me. >> reporter: back amid the rubble the memory hunters have uncovered some money but in this situation it doesn't hold much value. what this team is searching for is truly priceless. celia hatton, cbs news, miniami- sanriku, japan. >> couric: coming up next kids from philly discover ponies. >> tonight's assignment america is sponsored by...
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inner city. here's steve hartman with assignment america. >> reporter: like a lot of the kids who grow up on viola street in west philadelphia, the boy you're about to meet was born with three strikes already against him. single mom. absent father. and a crummy neighborhood. >> all that negativity and all that violence. >> reporter: kareem rosser knew his odds weren't good. >> i had no idea what would get me out. immediately when i found the stable, i knew that was my departure. >> reporter: shoveling poop was your way out. ( laughs ) >> basically. it was. >> reporter: at least it was a start. when kareem was eight years old he joined work to ride, a nonprofit stable founded by lezlie hinter. for the last 15 years or so, she has been making kids a deal. work around the stable and you can ride. if you really want to be adventurous like kareem, you can play the sport of kings. >> we're the only inner city african-american polo team in
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the country. >> reporter: you heard right. she said polo. that sport traditionally reserved for the rich, the famous and if i may be blunt, the white. >> i didn't even know what polo was. i knew nothing about polo. >> ralph lauren's polo. >> reporter: this year's three- man team includes kareem, his younger brother daymar, and their friend brandon who grew up down the block on viola street. they compete in the official polo association high school league where, again, they have three strikes against them. their practice field is a ruddy old baseball diamond. their equipment is older than dirt. and their polo ponies are all racetrack rejects. >> we practice on some of the worst horses. >> not cooperating. >> reporter: in the past lesley said that has made it very hard for her teams to win. >> just spanked us, week after week after week. >> reporter: but after three years competing something amazing happened. they actually won a game. it was against a girls' team but they won nonetheless.
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over the next ten years they have continued to improve. >> we are so ambitious. we want it. >> reporter: which brings us back to kareem and company. believe it or not, this year the work to ride team made it all the way to the national championship game. >> they've played so smart. >> reporter: where despite being just three kids from the 'hood or maybe because of it.... >> these kids can read each other like a book. >> reporter: the boys from viola street are the new high school polo champions. proving once again that unless you're playing baseball, three strikes doesn't have to mean you're out. because of their polo connections, kareem and his brother now attend a $40,000 a year private high school on scholarships. all three kids are planning on college. >> couric: good for them. what a great story. thanks, steve. that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. i'm katie couric. thanks for watching. i'll see you back here tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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